Eliminating illness causing germs is a focus during cold and flu season, and to accomplish this, the use of chlorine bleach to sanitize surfaces is a common practice.
“Chlorine bleach is a very effective sanitizer and disinfectant on disease causing germs, bacteria, parasites and viruses — including the flu virus,” said Joan Hegerfeld-Baker, assistant professor and SDSU Extension Food Safety Specialist.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting as the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces or objects. According to reports, cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. However, this process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.